Being productive at work sounds simple – just do the best you can every day. Unfortunately, due to the never-ending demands that are placed upon us and by us, it is much more complicated than it sounds. Now, with our normal routines changing due to COVID-19 and Shelter in Place orders, it is becoming even…

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At ConvergenceCoaching, we’re huge proponents of flexible work programs, or what we like to call Anytime, Anywhere Work™ programs. We’ve been operating in a flexible, virtual environment ourselves for almost 18 years and the strategies we use to keep our team connected and operating efficiently are the same ones we teach to our clients. Philosophically,…

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You know by now that the remote revolution is upon us. Workers are embracing work-from-home options and flooding to the gig economy in droves. According to a 2017 report, 3.9 million employees currently work from home at least half the time. That’s a 115% increase in remote workers since 2005. But misconceptions about remote work permeate the…

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 “Make feedback normal. Not a performance review.” ~ Ed Batista You’re in the middle of busy season, with multiple engagements in play and the team running in fifteen different directions. Are you giving feedback to the people working on your jobs, in your groups or assigned to you? If not, you’re missing an opportunity to deliver…

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Once you’ve decided to offer flexible work options for your staff, what’s next? Flexible work arrangements are not a one-size-fits-all solution. In fact, there are nine types of flexible work arrangements. Flextime Flextime involves giving staff flexibility on the start and finish times of their working day, typically with a mandatory “core” time in the…

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With so much transition and retirement happening in public accounting, people development is a hot topic. Firms are wondering what they can do to accelerate their team member’s learning and get them ready faster, and are creating innovative new training programs to do so. But there’s a missing component in our dotted line environment, where…

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Tax season. Opportunity season. Whatever you call it, one of the downsides is the potential for team member burnout before, during, or after the April 17 deadline. The corporate and individual tax deadlines are brutal in a normal year, but when coupled with the recent tax law changes and all the uncertainty surrounding them, you’d…

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Firm leaders throughout the country are looking for ways to increase employee engagement and motivation. Often, they are frustrated when they hear reports that the only answer is increasing employee compensation. While compensation is undoubtedly important, I believe if we focus strictly on compensation we will miss some of the most important drivers of engagement…

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A survey conducted by the AICPA showed one of the biggest concerns firms are facing today is employee retention and engagement. This is no surprise and is endemic throughout the entire profession. In recent years, the rate at which team members are leaving their current employment or seeking further opportunities is accelerating. Many of the…

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I read an article recently that I found profoundly disturbing. It seems that if you aren’t happy in your job, you are not alone. In fact, you are in the majority!   But why am I, a marketing specialist, talking about HR issues all of a sudden? It all boils down to taking care of…

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